Robin Wright, The New Yorker

Robin Wright

The New Yorker

Buffalo, NY, United States

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Past articles by Robin:

What the Wars and Crises of 2022 Foreshadow for 2023

Robin Wright on what developments in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, Xi Jinping’s China, Ebrahim Raisi’s Iran, and the Taliban’s Afghanistan portend for the coming year. → Read More

Iran Arms Russia in the War in Ukraine

Tehran has deepened its alliance with Putin amid widespread protests at home. → Read More

Iran’s New Protest Generation

Robin Wright writes about the recent protests in Iran and about the work of the photographer Forough Alaei, who has documented the life of women in Tehran and elsewhere. → Read More

Iran’s Protests Are the First Counter-Revolution Led by Women

Robin Wright on the protest movement in Iran, led by the nation’s women and girls after the death of Mahsa Amini, and about the threat that the uprising poses to President Ebrahim Raisi and the country’s conservative government. → Read More

Iran’s Ferocious Return to the Belligerent Policies of the Revolution’s Early Days

Robin Wright writes about the wave of unrest sweeping through Iran after the death of Mahsa Amini. The country’s new President, Ebrahim Raisi, is cracking down on women, arming Russia, and playing hardball with the U.S. on nuclear diplomacy. → Read More

Putin Expands His War as Biden Tries to Rally the U.N.

Robin Wright writes about this year’s United Nations General Assembly, which opened with Russian President Vladimir Putin threatening nuclear war over Ukraine and amid numerous worldwide calamities and sparse attendance. → Read More

Ayatollah Khomeini Never Read Salman Rushdie’s Book

Robin Wright writes about the fatwa issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini against the writer Salman Rushdie, and about how its complicated history continues to color Iran’s domestic politics and relations with the U.S. and the rest of the world. → Read More

Biden Caters to Autocrats and Draws Battle Lines in the Middle East

Robin Wright writes about Joe Biden’s diplomatic trip to the the Middle East, his lobbying efforts to ease oil and gas prices, and the rising spectre of a U.S. war with Iran. → Read More

The West Débuts a New Strategy to Confront a Historic “Inflection Point”

In Madrid this week, NATO laid out a bold plan for military expansion in response to Putin’s war. But can its member states overcome political divisions at home? → Read More

A “New Era” of NATO Expansion Deepens the Divide Between Russia and the West

Robin Wright writes about the decisions of Finland and Sweden to join NATO and the move’s potential consequences, including inflaming nationalist, anti-Western, and militaristic tendencies in Russia. → Read More

Ukraine Is Now America’s War, Too

Robin Wright on the United States’ deepening engagement in the war in Ukraine, which has rapidly evolved into a full proxy war with Russia that carries global ramifications. → Read More

The New Nuclear Reality

Russia’s war in Ukraine has reawakened fears about the bomb—and endangered the principle of deterrence. → Read More

Will Mercenaries and Foreign Fighters Change the Course of Ukraine’s War?

At a critical strategic juncture, non-state actors threaten to complicate the conflict. → Read More

Biden’s Fate Is Now Inextricably Linked to Putin’s War in Ukraine

Robin Wright considers the implications of Joe Biden’s unscripted remark that Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power,” and discusses five trends shaping the war in Ukraine and its implications for the global economy and the world order. → Read More

Madeleine Albright Was the First “Most Powerful Woman” in U.S. History

As Secretary of State, she foresaw the danger of Putin’s rule even as she campaigned for NATO’s expansion to Russia’s borders. → Read More

Volodymyr Zelensky Invokes Pearl Harbor and 9/11 as He Pleads for More from Washington

Robin Wright writes about Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s address to the U.S. Congress on March 16th, and about bipartisan support in the United States to provide more support to Ukraine as it resists a Russian invasion. → Read More

The Growing Fear of a Wider War Between Russia and the West

Robin Wright discusses the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Eastern Europe, and how the U.S. and NATO are trying to support Ukraine while avoiding a wider war between the West and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. → Read More

Why Sanctions Too Often Fail

Robin Wright writes about how economic sanctions—such as those currently imposed against Russia in retaliation of its invasion of Ukraine—fail to force autocratic regimes to change behavior in a meaningful or timely manner, mostly because of exemptions, or carve-outs. → Read More

What Does Putin’s Nuclear Sabre Rattling Mean?

Robin Wright writes about Vladimir Putin making incendiary references to his nuclear arsenal, after invading Ukraine, and how his rhetoric has revived fears from a bygone era. → Read More

For Ukraine, Far Too Little, Too Late

The central flaw in the West’s strategy was fearing that preëmptively confronting Putin would give the Russian leader a justification to attack—but it’s now clear that he intended to invade, whatever the U.S. and Europe did. → Read More